U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping from April 6-8th at Trump’s Palm Beach resort in Mar-a-Lago, Florida where the two world leaders are expected discuss a wide range of issues from economic trade to North Korea during their first official meeting.
During his presidential campaign, Republican President Donald Trump called China a “currency manipulator” while touting his America First policy which singled out China as a job killer for U.S. job and pledging to bring home outsourced American jobs.
Some Republicans, including Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, support a border adjustment tax that could result in a 20 percent tax on imports, although President Trump hasn’t officially endorsed the protectionist trade adjustment proposal that has the potential to spark a trade war with countries like China.
Now over 60 days into his presidency, President Trump has not yet faced any major foreign policy test on the international stage, aside from sending in ground troops into Syria to battle ISIS, sponsoring a commando bombing raid in Yemen, and dealing with a provocative North Korea test firing ballistic missiles in waters towards Japan, resulting in him sending over the first part of the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea.
China perceives the THAAD missile defense as a threat due to its powerful radar capability but it remains an influential player in relations between Washington D.C. and Pyongyang.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on ABC’s This Week on Sunday that China has to cooperate and apply pressure concerning the non-proliferation issue with North Korea which is on the verge of testing its 6th nuclear test.
“They need to show us how concerned they are. They need to put pressure on North Korea. The only country that can stop North Korea is China” Ambassador Haley admitted on ABC’s This Week.
Ambassador Haley explained that both China and Russia are making their influence felt across the world in different pockets with their “tentacles are everywhere” and said that Russia is intervening through election meddling and military actions while China is doing it economically through their infrastructure.
Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter echoed Ambassador Haley’s sentiment about China and North Korea on ABC’s This Week that aired on Sunday and said that he’s been working on the foreign policy situation with North Korea since 1994.
Carter acknowledged that China is uniquely qualified to confront North Korea because they have the historical and economic relationship with them to make a difference.
Carter advocates for a policy of the U.S. protecting themselves from the threat of a hostile North Korea while applying pressure on China to assert its influence on the North Korean regime in Pyongyang.
According to Carter, the reason Beijing has avoided confronting Pyongyang in the past is due to fears of the collapse of North Korea or a war on the Korean peninsula, which could result in the collapse of the North Korean regime and a unified Korea allied with the U.S. on their border.
A war in Korea could also lead to waves of fleeing North Koreans entering China’s borders.
Asked if the Obama administration which he previously served under bears any responsibility for poor relations between the U.S. and Russia, former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said that he believes that it’s part of Putin’s nature to define success Russian success in foreign policy as thwarting the U.S.
“That’s in his nature. And that is very difficult to align with strategically” Carter said.
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